TLP provides recovery support and life-skills training during the transition from supported housing to independent living in community. TLP also supports persons in recovery to stay independent in community.
Type of Service
Community Support Options
Areas of Service
The Transitional Living Program (TLP) provides recovery support and life-skills training during the transition from living in fully supported housing models to living independently in the community. TLP also supports persons in recovery who need help to stay independent in community. Participants come to the program by referral from Chilliwack Mental Health.
Avery has a warm smile and a firm handshake. He’s a soft-spoken, gentle person who loves music, hanging out with his friends, and watching hockey. Life is pretty good these days but it wasn’t always so. Avery has lived with schizophrenia since he was 18 years old. It has cost him a lot – his car, his house, his job, his family. But much of this has been restored to him because of the Communitas Transitional Living Program (TLP) in Chilliwack. Today, Avery lives in community and sees his daughter regularly. He works as a Peer Support Worker, walking with others on their mental health journey towards recovery. He credits much of his success to his experiences with TLP.
“I wanted to be secluded and to hide away but TLP helped me to be active, to have a community of people. It made a big difference,” he says.
TLP supports people as they pursue their mental health recovery goals. It helps people make the transition to independent living within their community. Manager Ruth Hoxie has worked in mental health for 15 years and says that TLP came about as a result of a gap in services.
“People who were coming out of residential programs were not finding the support they needed to help them integrate back into the community,” she says. “TLP helps them do that.”
The two year program provides one-on-one skills training, such as money management, medication administration, and work training. Training is tailored to the individual needs of identified by each client. The goal is to provide people with choices for a healthy lifestyle and encourage positive social connections. Recreational activities, weekly meals and other group activities make such a difference to people that alumni of TLP continue to stay connected.
Participants in TLP must be 19 years of age or older, be psychiatrically stable and have enough insight to recognize the onset of a psychiatric crisis. Rent subsidies are available for clients. Daily support is provided for up to two years, connecting people to various resources in the community. Participants must be able to cover the costs of food and clothing and be able to learn to do the basic activities of daily living.